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Marcus Neale


I kicked off my recruitment career back in 1994, when we shared a desktop PC, used card files as a database system, received and submitted CVs using the Royal Mail.  Mobile phones and email weren't  even heard of (in a general commercial sense) and Cobol CICS DB2 was the most sought after skill set.  I'm a bit of a geek, so the rapidly developing technology market has always captured my interest and stimulated my recruitment career.


I've covered most functions as I've progressed through my career from;  resourcer to recruitment director, contingency agency -permanent and contract, Onsite & Offsite Recruitment Management (RPO)  and now founder of ChilliFrog.   Through all of these roles, I've always enjoyed recruitment!  Sure,  reading through 100 cvs can get a little tedious but finding the right ones and then helping those candidates find their next career move is rewarding. Filling a position obviously gives a financial reward and relieves the pressure on a line manager but seeing that candidate doing well in their job 3 years later and hearing from the manager that the candidate has made a solid contribution to the company makes it all worthwhile.   

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Darren Hitchings


I have over 22 years' experience of contingency, search, retained and consultancy recruitment projects. Engagements include working with a multitude of clients ranging from technology start-ups to global corporations across industries including technology, engineering, telecommunications, defence and pharmaceutical. Appointments range from technical subject matter expert resources up to C-level and from non-technical to Sales Director to Operations to HR. 


My differentiators include;  my passion to intricately understand my client’s specific needs coupled with an abundance of dynamism and energy to deliver the best solution in a timely manner.

My mission is always to strive to develop long-term trusted advisor and partner status relationships with clients. 

Finally, it is critical to me personally that I deliver a better quality, highly consultative and more efficient service than the competition.


When I'm not at my desk I can be found in the gym attempting to keep the pounds off, or enjoying the sunshine out on the water on my kayak!

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